International Women’s Day, 8th March 2017 – PSA17 Media Release

International Women’s Day, 8th March 2017 – PSA17 Media Release

International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.



Women in leadership panel a highlight of PSA17 conference

A panel of high-profile female leaders will discuss gender diversity and leadership opportunities in pharmacy at PSA17, the flagship annual conference for the peak national body for pharmacists, the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA).

To coincide with International Women’s Day today, PSA announced the Women in Leadership Panel will be a major highlight at PSA17 to be held on Friday, July 28 at the Hyatt Regency, Sydney.

The interactive panel session – featuring Federal Member for Dobell and pharmacist Emma McBride – is aimed to inspire female leaders in pharmacy and engage male and female pharmacists to support and discuss gender diversity.

PSA’s Executive Director, Policy, Advocacy and Innovation Dr Alison Roberts will facilitate the panel of leaders, including:

• Melissa McGregor – Managing Director of Pfizer Australia
• Rhonda White AO – Co-founder and director, Terry White Chemists
• Debbie Rigby – Well-known consultant clinical pharmacist
• Shefali Parekh – President of National Australian Pharmacy Students’ Association (NAPSA)
• Victoria Rutter – Executive Director, Commonwealth Pharmacists’ Association.

Dr Roberts said the impressive line-up of panellists would generate lively debate about leadership during the 90-minute session.

“The latest Pharmacy Board of Australia Registrant Data show 61 per cent of registered pharmacists are female, but the boards and leadership of pharmacy organisations and pharmacy businesses don’t seem to reflect this,” Dr Roberts said.

“However there are numerous studies showing that promoting gender equality is associated with better organisational and financial performance for organisations.”

PSA17 provides an ideal platform for pharmacists to discuss these key issues as well as network with pharmacists from across the globe through partnership with the Commonwealth Pharmacists’ Association.

More than 50 presenters will address the conference theme of Leading Pharmacy Innovation, including many local and international experts.

A limited amount of early bird tickets are now available from the PSA17 website until 14 May 2017. For more information, click here>>

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